Hiking with Kids in Kamakura

Kamakura is beautiful. Despite several trips to Hakone and the surrounds and plenty of time peering out of Tokyo skyscrapers in the right direction, I've...

By Emily Paine
March 10, 2016 | Families

Azurite: Where Kids Can Play While Parents Work

Azurite is an "oyako" cafe (a cafe targeting parents and children, with a built-in playspace) tucked away about three minutes from Ikebukuro station. The owner,...

By Harumi Gondo
February 25, 2016 | Families

Japanese School Lunches: More Than Just a Meal

Fittingly for a country with its own rich traditional cuisine, Japan takes its catered elementary school lunches very seriously. More than just a meal, lunchtime...

By Kirsty Kawano
February 22, 2016 | Families

A Day with Doraemon at the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

It's no surprise that Japan is home to some of the most famous characters, beloved by generations of children who grew up with them. From...

By Mary Zacharopoulos
February 18, 2016 | Families

Capture Your Baby’s Serene Sleep with Ohirune Art

Parents of young babies know that getting them to hold a certain position is next to impossible, which unfortunately makes it very difficult to capture...

By Harumi Gondo
February 15, 2016 | Families

A Family Adventure in the Paradise of Palau

It was our usual holiday prep: while throughout the year other friends (even the ones without kids) fine-tuned carefully planned itineraries to exotic locations, poring...

By Emily Paine
January 30, 2016 | Families

Preparing to Enter a Japanese Elementary School

Although the new Japanese school year doesn’t begin until April, there’s a lot to get ready before the entrance ceremony. There’s that heavy-looking elementary-school backpack...

By Kirsty Kawano
January 29, 2016 | Families

Entertaining Kids in Fukuoka

While it may not be an obvious choice of destination for the winter break, Fukuoka is where I found myself over the recent New Year...

By Harumi Gondo
January 14, 2016 | Families

Healthy Food and Free Play at Organic Cafe Lulu

Located just a three-minute walk from Kiba station on the Tozai line, Organic Cafe Lulu is what the Japanese call an "oyako" cafe, meaning it...

By Harumi Gondo
December 24, 2015 | Families, Food & Drink

Using Entertainment to Teach English to Kids in Japan

If you are a parent in Japan who wants your child to grow up with a global understanding and the ability to converse in English,...

By Harumi Gondo
December 17, 2015 | Families

Pros and Cons of the Japanese Public School System

Japanese schools have long been criticized for excessive use of rote learning and cookie-cutter output of students. But as Japanese society changes, its schools are...

By Kirsty Kawano
December 8, 2015 | Families